911 call

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Woman Cooking Sees Deer Run in Her Bathroom

She calls 911 as deer smashes things up

(Newser) - Police say a deer burst through the front doors of a New Jersey home, darted through the residence and ransacked the master bathroom. Galloway police received a 911 call at around 3:30pm yesterday from a woman reporting that a deer ran through her house while she was putting sweet... More »

Signal Fire Requested by Police Kills Boating Survivor

It quickly spread to engulf boat after accident in Canada

(Newser) - A fatal boating accident in Canada last year is raising questions about the amount of time it took for authorities to arrive on the scene. But one detail reported by the Toronto Star is especially unsettling: When survivor Rob Dorzek called 911 to get help for himself and his three... More »

Slain Newlywed Gave Wrong Address to 911

Victim in murder-suicide had numbers transposed

(Newser) - It's not clear whether the mistake cost Kelly Ecker Samson her life, but the Indiana newlywed repeatedly gave the wrong address to police when she called to report that her husband was assaulting her, reports the Indianapolis Star . Samson, 50, gave her address as 4205 North Creal St., instead... More »

Guy Butt-Dials 911, Gets Busted for Drugs

He's arrested after authorities overhear his conversation

(Newser) - There's no need for phone-tapping when criminals call the police on themselves. That's what allegedly happened to one Grant O'Connor, 25, WKRN reports: He butt-dialed 911 as he chatted about a dealer and doing drugs, police say. Officials traced the call, which led them to a restaurant... More »

Stripper Denies a Guy Sex, He Calls 911

William McDaniel was arrested for soliciting prostitution

(Newser) - There are some incidents that don't warrant a 911 call. One of those is when a stripper won't turn a lap dance into sex. William McDaniel, 53, learned this Saturday night, when he paid $350 for a private dance at Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club in Butte,... More »

Woman: Disney Star Threatened to Kill My Family

Orlando Brown allegedly caught on 911 call

(Newser) - Has yet another Disney star fallen into hot water? TMZ reports Orlando Brown, who appeared on That's So Raven from 2003 to 2007 , allegedly threatened to kill a woman, her daughter, and her mom on Monday. In a 911 recording, a male voice—allegedly that of Brown, standing outside... More »

Cop: We Lie About 911 Calls to Make Arrests

North Carolina officer admits to using tactic

(Newser) - The police chief in Durham, North Carolina, has warned officers to stop lying about fake 911 calls in order to enter people's homes and make arrests, Opposing Views reports. The tactic came up during a court hearing in May when an officer admitted to doing it. Officer AB Beck... More »

911 Dispatcher Handles Call About Her Choking Son

Panic gives way to calmness, and all ends well

(Newser) - A 911 dispatcher in California had to handle a call that struck particularly close to home—the caller was her fiance pleading for help because their toddler son was choking. "I heard him say an address and I perked up, and then I heard him say it again and... More »

911 Dispatcher to Rape Victim: 'Quit Crying'

Operator wasn't exactly sensitive during the emergency call

(Newser) - A woman who was raped in Columbus, Ohio, said the 911 dispatcher she called after her attack had “zero sympathy” after the victim got this response during her call: “Ma’am, you’re going to have to quit crying so I can get the information from you."... More »

Man Calls 911 Seven Times Over Spilled Beer

His wife apparently threw it out

(Newser) - There are many inappropriate reasons that people call 911. But usually, they stop the first time police yell at them. But not Carlos Bueno Mir of West Palm Beach, Florida. The 49-year-old was arrested after calling the emergency line seven times over the span of four hours, police say. The... More »

Now You Can Text 911*

*in select areas, for now

(Newser) - Starting today in select areas, as long as you have mobile phone service through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mobile, you can text rather than call 911 in an emergency. The FCC's text-to-911 program will be available across the nation by the end of the year, Gizmodo reports. The... More »

8-Year-Old Delivers Her Own Brother

Krystle Garcia went into labor at home, and baby was in a hurry

(Newser) - Usually it's your mother threatening that since she brought you into the world she might grant your early exit, but imagine having to add your big sister to that threat? Such is the fate of Joseph James Snyder, who yesterday morning began putting in an appearance two weeks early... More »

Woman Killed During 13-Minute 911 Call

Denver police took 15 minutes to arrive at the scene

(Newser) - It took police 15 minutes to get to a Denver home after a woman called 911 on Monday—and in the meantime, she was shot and killed. After authorities arrested Kristine Kirk's husband, Richard, police say he told them he had shot her, ending what NBC News reports was... More »

On 1st Day, 911 Operator Takes Call About Her Dad

Crystal Morrow recognized her aunt's voice on the line

(Newser) - Crystal Morrow was just four hours into her first day working solo as a 911 operator in Georgia when she took a call—and heard a familiar voice. It was her aunt, who had called 911 because Morrow's dad went into diabetic shock. "I heard her voice and... More »

Newtown 911 Tapes Released

Dispatchers are calm, ask about kids

(Newser) - Newtown officials today released the long-awaited—and controversial—recordings of the 911 calls that came in during the Sandy Hook shooting. Operators remain calm on the recordings, the AP reports, even as they seek help from state police and town officials. They urge the callers, who include a janitor and... More »

Judge Orders Release of Sandy Hook 911 Calls

Barring a successful appeal, they'll be released Dec. 4

(Newser) - The 911 calls made during the Sandy Hook shooting will be unsealed next Wednesday, unless an appeal of the ruling proves successful. A Connecticut judge yesterday ordered their release, backing a Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission move despite opposition from state attorney Stephen Sedensky. The AP reports that it has... More »

Texting Dispatcher Suspended After 911 Death

Then she allegedly pulled gun on reporter

(Newser) - Police in Florida have charged a 911 dispatcher with pointing a gun at the head of a reporter who came to her door for an interview, reports the Orlando Sentinel . But that's only the half of it. The reason the reporter went to the home of Shauna Justice is... More »

911 Operator Laughs at Report of Girlfriend on Fire

Says she wasn't chuckling at what he said

(Newser) - Imagine being in one of the most terrifying positions of your life and calling 911—only to hear laughter at the other end. In what he terms a 'freak accident,' Lalo Delgado’s girlfriend caught on fire while driving, and he's not happy about the response he... More »

Zimmerman's Wife Not Pressing Charges

Despite telling cops he threatened her with gun

(Newser) - Despite calling 911 and saying her soon-to-be-ex-husband George Zimmerman was threatening her with a gun today, Shellie Zimmerman has decided not to press charges. Police in Lake Mary, Florida, say she and her father—the owner of the house where the incident took place—have signed paperwork declining to press... More »

Detroit's Pokey 911 Dispatchers May Face Charges

Woman shot; another stabbed to death amid slow response times

(Newser) - Detroit 911 dispatchers were slow to send cops during two recent emergencies that ended in tragedy; now, police are mulling criminal charges for the dispatchers. Last week, a woman called 911 multiple times as an argument turned dangerous, her mother says. Police say there were six calls in total; it... More »

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